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UPDATED: 15:38, August 16, 2006
8 al-Qaeda suspects captured in eastern Afghanistan
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Eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists were arrested on Wednesday in the eastern Khost province of Afghanistan, coalition forces said in a press release.

Afghan and the U.S.-led coalition forces conducted operations on two compounds near the villages of Paru Kheyl and Jabeh, capturing five and three al-Qaeda suspects respectively, it said.

Several women and children were also present within the Paru Kheyl compound and were not harmed.

Assault rifles, ammunition, telecommunication devices, and improvised explosive device material were discovered at the sites, the press release said.

It added credible intelligence linked the targeted terrorists to assisting foreign fighters and plotting improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Khost province.

Coalition forces said the eight detainees were being questioned to determine their identities and their level of involvement in known terrorist activities.

No Afghan or coalition soldiers were injured during the operations.

Col. Thomas Collins, coalition spokesman, said, "This and other recent operations in Khost province have helped deny safe havens for terrorists. We'll continue to pursue Taliban and al- Qaeda movements throughout Afghanistan."

Khost, a mountainous region, has been a stronghold of Taliban and other anti-government militants.

In a similar operation on Tuesday, Afghan and coalition forces killed an al-Qaeda suspect and capture 13 others in Khost.

Source: Xinhua

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